Jesus, the Son of God, was ridiculed, beaten, and even made to carry a cross. The very cross he would soon be nailed to and die on. How's that for being knocked down?
You know how the story ends but let's recap for good measure. Jesus took his final breath on the cross and was then buried in a tomb. However, three days later He had risen and about a week or so later He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God. After he was knocked down he got up! Notice that he did not return to where he was prior to his knock out. He did not get back up on that cross, he did not seek out those who put him there and persecuted him, he did not go around causing chaos! No, he set out to finish his God-given plan. You see many of us (myself included) strive to return to the exact same state prior to receiving that jolting knock out.
You know that minute before receiving the phone call that someone you deeply care about has passed away, the moment before you began to cramp up and experience your miscarriage, the moment before you and your spouse insulted one another, the moment before your kid seriously injured themselves, the moment before you heard that rumor going around about you, the moment before some hurt your feelings, and so many other knock out moments brought to you by life.
However, that is not the example Jesus gave us. He did not return to where he was before. Yes, he had a few more encounters with his disciples (so that they might understand what it is they were to do from that point on) but then he ascended to a place much better than where he was before. When we can first accept that suffering is apart of our earthly reality we can move through it differently. I'm not saying it will be easy peasy but I believe you'll have a deep inward peace in the midst of your difficult time to keep you grounded. You will have this deep inward knowing that where you are (emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally) is not where you will always be. That in and of itself is beyond comforting. You will know that God works all things together for your greater good because you love him.
Ladies, that is how we get up after our knock down. It's not about returning to that moment prior to getting knocked out like we all to often do. Our life is altered in some fashion by our experiences. There is something we can take from each and every experience in order to move forward a bit wiser. When we experience these knock out's in life it's important that we begin asking ourselves how can I become better because of this? Realizing that because of things we become better instead of wondering how much better we would have been had we not experienced them. Ask yourself what lesson am I walking away with? How can I share this to help others? During these times it's also important to remember that you are not the only person in this world who has or is experiencing what you're going through. When we acknowledge this it provides emotional relief to some degree and it also allows us to be more compassion for others in situations just like ours. It's a knowing that we aren't alone in our hurts and somehow that comforts us.
Life is about moving forward and making progress it's not about recreating things of the past.
Think in terms of recreation not resuscitation. If you're already knocked down why not get up asking yourself how to move into the future instead of trying to recreate the past? What's the worst that could happen by doing this? Seriously, make a list of the worst things that could happen by moving forward. Now are any of those absolute truths? Can you do anything about them? If they were to happen would you be able to recover after a period of time? Ask yourself these questions when you find yourself facing a knock out in life on an scale. They will help bring you back in order to move into the future recreating instead of resuscitating.
What to do when life drops you a knock out:
* Feel your pulse. Is it beating? If you are reading this then that is a yes! Now realize you are still alive which means your life's purpose has not been completed.
* Take a deep breath and then exhale. Remember you will not be where you are now forever. This is just a moment in time for you in which you will pass through.
* Call on God. Call out to him in prayer and ask for his help, peace, presence, and strength. I've included some prompts to help you get started or refresh your conversation with God here. Click here to download your free conversation prompts!
* Recall a previous knock out you survived. This helps you realize how resilient you are. If you can overcome one you can overcome others.
* Do something for yourself. Pick a thing that brings you joy and go do it. During difficult times we often deny ourselves of fun enjoyable things. But we've got it all wrong. Do a fun thing simply for yourself. You can thank me later.
Now it's time for you to make a decision. You can spend your precious time and energy (two things you cannot get back) making a committed decision to use your knock out to make a major comeback (like Jesus did) or you can sit there and feel sorry for yourself (which serves no one not even yourself). Which choice are you making? Comment below.
To Our Dreams & Beyond,